Summer Crime Safety: Protecting yourself from being a car larceny victim

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police say from the suburbs to the city, they’re seeing more break-ins into cars. The Erie County Sheriff’s office reported three more larcenies Wednesday; according to the sheriff’s office, more than $1900 worth of good were stolen.

Police say criminals are walking down streets lined with cars, checking to see if they’re locked and if they’re open, they’re quickly going in, snagging objects and going onto the next car.

“You have to start by locking your doors,” said Trooper Jim O’Callaghan. “This is happening all over. You have these nice suburban homes and those are high priority targets. The misconception is – i’ts a nice, safe neighborhood so I don’t need to lock anything. What I’m saying is that’s untrue.”

Police say aside from locking your car, bring in your valuable objects. Police say it’s common for men and women to leave their wallets in their cars; they say that’s a big no-no.

“There’s a lot more in that car than you think,” said Trooper O’Callaghan. “All of a sudden it’s gone and you’re like ‘ut-oh, I don’t have these objects.'”

Police say also don’t keep your GPS in plain sight. If you use one, clean your windshield so thieves don’t see rings on your window and realize there’s a high-priced electronic inside.

Police also say, even if you find the objects stolen insignificant, report the incident anyways. That way they will know there is criminal activity happening in that area and they can increase their presence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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